Douglas Frank Bettarel

January 26, 1945September 19, 2021

DOUGLAS FRANK BETTAREL 1/26/1945 to 9/19/2021

Doug was born in Detroit, Michigan to Aristide and Juanita Bettarel née Fletcher, deceased. His sister, Drina Powell also predeceased him. He was a curious and empathic child who early on showed concern for others. His family moved from Michigan to California during his formative years. He attended public schools in Sylmar, CA. Doug was a good student but his first love was sports—football, car racing and golf— were his favorite pastimes.

Upon graduation from Sylmar High School, he immediately enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served from 1963-1967 aboard the U.S.S. Kittyhawk CV63 as a flight deck crewman during the Vietnam War. Honorably discharged, he returned to Bremerton, WA where he met his first wife, Carol. Their union produced a son, Lance.

Later, Doug moved to Yakima, WA where he spent the remainder of his energetic life working tirelessly building several businesses including Better All Auto Sales and a trucking firm, among other ventures. His strong work ethic rubbed off on friend and employee alike and some came to consider him as their role model who freely shared his values and business expertise.

Doug was a true patriot and he supported Veterans groups including; the American Legion, the VFW and the Wounded War Project, et al. Frequently he organized activities to honor America’s heroes. Without any fanfare, he quietly helped hurting families with groceries, and personal donations.

Doug leaves behind a son, Lance, a sister, Dolores Gieb, a niece, Christina and five nephews; Michael, Dave, Tim, Jason and Eric. He also leaves an ex-wife, Connie and 4 stepdaughters; Andrea Moore, Jayme Quinell, and Allie and Kayla Vinson. His devoted employees, veterans, family and friends are left to mourn their beloved Doug’s passing.

A viewing is scheduled for Thursday, October, 14, 2021 from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. to be held at Keith and Keith Funeral Home in Yakima. A private Christian graveside service is planned. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, October 16, 2021, from 12:00 until 3:00 p.m. at State Fair Park at the dirt track, 1301 S. Fair Ave. Gate 1. Fond memories and expresssions of sympathy may be shared at


  • Michael Gieb, Casket Bearer
  • Jason Helmer, Casket Bearer
  • Tim Fletcher, Casket Bearer
  • Keith Dias, Casket Bearer
  • Jim Oblizalo, Casket Bearer
  • Joe Bazilius, Casket Bearer


  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 14, 2021

  • Celebration of Life Service

    Saturday, October 16, 2021


Douglas Frank Bettarel

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Dan Jennings

October 14, 2021

Oh, how my heart dropped when I heard on KIT radio that Doug went to a better place. Talked to him several time at a KIT get togethers out towards Naches and several times at the Yakima Speedway. The same race track my Dad and my Uncle raced at a few times when I was a youngster ( towed from Mountlake Terrace). Being in his presence was an honor and I thank God I got to meet him. Reading the other comments, I know him a lot more now! He is another person that I have met over the years who made Yakima a much much better place! Or should I say, Doug made Yakima a much "Bettarel" place!!! Peace and comfort to the family and all who miss him.

Garland Adams

October 13, 2021

I first met Doug in 1985 when he was wholesaling cars for dealerships in Yakima he was based out of les Morin Subaru where I was working as a salesman. We became good friends quickly because we both supported the constitution and the bill of rights. We were both in the military and we both served in Vietnam. I went to work for Doug in 2006 as a salesman, I saw him do some amazing things for customers before and after their sale . He was a good friend and great guy to work for. I will truly miss him and I know Yakima valley will miss him as well

Bill Taylor

October 13, 2021

Doug was always kind to this Rookie when I started at Valley Ford in Yakima back in the early 90s. Always came through and shook my hand and asked how I was " how are you youngster?" How's the family? What can we do today to make something happen?
You'll be missed Doug. It was an honor and pleasure to have called you a friend.

Dawn Cordova

October 12, 2021

I had some stickers made in Doug’s honor if anyone is interested please let me know

Rosemary Dawson

October 11, 2021

I knew Doug threw the race track. He had such a loving heart was always wanting to help people and organizations out. We had been talking if the track would open about doing some funderaisers that was dear to my heart and he just love my ideas. Plus was talking about how to get the word out some more about the track and he love loved it. He fought so hard to get the track to stay open. He will be missed. You always seen him down in the stand interacting with the fans. He loved the race track and his fans.

Linda German Wold

October 9, 2021

My twin sister was married to Doug briefly in the early 70’s. While their marriage was short, our entire family, including our parents, never lost a fond affection for him.

I will always remember Doug as a hard working, jovial, and kind hearted guy who was always on the go. I don’t remember an occasion when we weren’t laughing when he was around. He was one of a kind.

May God comfort Doug’s family and loved ones in their grief. And I’d like to hope that Doug is sharing stories with our mom and dad in heaven. Rest in peace, old friend! 🙏🏻🙏🏻

Michele Brown

October 8, 2021

In 2007 I fell on hard times. My husband of 9 years left me. I had to turn my car back to the bank for I could no longer afford it. I had no down payment and had no credit. Doug without hesitation said not to worry. I offered my diamond engagement ring as a down payment on a car. He reluctantly accepted my ring, saying I could get back anytime. Doug brought back a car for me from the mid west. I was so proud of my teal green Olds Alero. A good car that I drove for 4 years without any trouble.
Until that car arrived he let me drive a Chevy Blazer at no cost.
He was such a good man. I am forever grateful for the kindness he gave me. For his love of God and his honor of our military and our country.
I was blessed by this good man and thanked God for him being an angel to help me when I wasn't sur what I was going to do.
Rest well Doug.

Byron Schroeder

October 5, 2021

I have known Doug since 1985 and I drove vehicles for him that he purchased here in Washington, Oregon and California and I just went on a trip a month ago with him and drove back a vehicle at his present dealership.
When I got back my daughter in 2004 he loaned me a vehicle to go to California and gave me some cash for expenses and called a motel for reservation and I rented a older mobile home for a few years from him.
I bought several vehicles from him over the years and gave me good deals.
I went to his dealership and visited him and everyone and had coffee and he gives me a bad time jokingly.
It’s not the same thing at his dealership and I am going to miss him.

Dawn Cordova

October 5, 2021

I have know Doug since I was 14 years old. He was always smiling, great attitude, and positive. He would check in on me to see how I was doing and how our business was going and would always have some bit of advise he was always trying to make sure we were being taking care of as I watched him do that with so many. Just an amazing loving man. He will be deeply missed!

James oblizalo

October 4, 2021

I met Doug on the Kitty Hawk in the spring of 1963. He was always full of life and ready go and do anything. I remember us playing touch football on the flight deck witch then turned into tackle football. we were very competitive . After lots of tackles hurt elbows and knees the Captain started yelling at us to get off the deck before we killed each other We all ran like hell laughing all the way. See you on the next go around. Love you man.